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Feed Me

by on Jun.02, 2008, under Uncategorized

So, recently I’ve been learning about RSS feeds. The basic idea of an RSS feed is that you have information that comes in small doses on a continuous basis. Like news updates…or blog entries.

RSS feeds are pretty easy to make. With the help of the W3C Feed Validator, I was able to code a small PHP script to create them. (If someone asks, I might be willing to share it, even though I’m sure other people have already done similar things.)

The really interesting thing about feeds is that they represent the idea of people pulling in information from different sources, sorting it, remixing it and finally re-presenting it in another form. A sort of web-bricolage.

LiveJournal itself allows you to denote feeds as part of your “friends page”. In fact, the entire “friends page” is itself an RSS aggregator, since LiveJournals may also be presented as RSS feeds. This brings me, however, to a gripe I have with LiveJournal. Why do I have to denote journals as “friends”? Why can’t I use LJ as a feed reader without all that social networking baggage? This is why I use Google Reader as my feed aggregator.

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